Posts written by Ben

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327, Verse 1 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim… Continue reading




”Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327, Verse 1 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim… Continue reading




Mark 8:31-38

Mark 8:31-38   Like Peter the rock, we are made uncomfortable by Jesus’ call: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” In a world where the “self” has become, arguably, an idol of… Continue reading




Romans 4:13-25

Romans 4:13-25   When we say something is “too good to be true,” we are expressing skepticism about an offer. When I get a postcard in the mail that promises that I “may have already won” something big, I tell my children that it is… Continue reading




Psalm 22:23-31

Psalm 22:23-31   The last half of Psalm 22 reads like a “Hallelujah Chorus” of praise. The psalmist calls on everyone to praise God, from the “great congregation” to “future generations.” It is striking, then, that the psalm begins on a very different note: “My… Continue reading




Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16   In the Bible, when someone’s name is changed, it marks a change in their life story, usually instigated by an encounter with God. After wrestling with God, Jacob becomes Israel (Gen 32). After encountering Jesus, Saul becomes Paul (Acts 9). In… Continue reading




“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim clasps the… Continue reading




“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,”

“Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow,” ELW 327 Through the night of doubt and sorrow, onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light; pilgrim clasps the… Continue reading




Mark 1:9-15

Mark 1:9-15   As the only white kid in an African-American history course, from time to time I would be questioned as to whether I had “street cred.” This term was used for someone who had spent time enduring the harsh realities of life, particularly… Continue reading




1 Peter 3:18-22

1 Peter 3:18-22   Gods don’t suffer. And they definitely don’t die! They intervene capriciously with human affairs and are usually impervious to our pleas for justice. The notion that God would participate in the depths of suffering–six feet deep to be precise–is completely absurd.… Continue reading